Facing West is a conceptual design and visual merchandising company which is founded by Lizzie Kroeze from Amsterdam – NL. With her company Facing West she makes the most beautiful pieces, all indigo workwear inspired. Most of the times she’s doing everything by hand, pure craftsmanship with a lot of Japanese and USA influences. Last year she did a great expo as part of the Bread & Butter trade show in July. The set-up was extremely cool and was filled with inspiration for every denim – indigo lover, designer, or people with interest in old school workwear clothing. If you haven’t seen it before, check it out here below. And check of course more indigo stuff on her new website.
The normal conventional trade shows are not from this time anymore. Retailers, buyers, designers and other people want something different. More experience and not only shows that are sales driven. Here’s an excellent example how you can do it! Meet the concept of Desert & Denim. Desert & Denim is the world’s premier, renegade men’s denim and accessories trade show. An international maker’s carnival of designers and ground-breaking brands will gather for two days in the desert, discussing what’s next in the world of men’s apparel around the bourbon campfire until the early hours of the morning. The organisation invited only the best of the new wave of men’s rugged, high quality, workshop-made clothes and accessories, and what has happened as a result is the emergence of a new kind of tribe, a new kind of community. Sounds great isn’t it!
You can now support these guys for the next 2016 edition through their Kickstarter project. But first you need to know when and where this unique trade show is going to be held. Desert & Denim is going to be at eco chic Mojave Sands Motelin Joshua Tree, CA on February 17th & 18th, 2016. Check out the awesome video at the end to get you in the right mood to go to the desert! Good luck guys, great concept!
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The Amsterdam brand Denham is growing very fast. Bigger collections, bigger accounts and more own retail stores. Yes, they are doing it really good. Very impressive if you have in mind that the brand is still pretty young. Their latest store was opened last Friday in Düsseldorf – Germany. Great to see that their business is doing it very well outside of Holland too! For the opening the master of Denham, Jason Denham himself, was there to do the official opening as always. Congrats Jason and crew with this new adventure!
Candiani Denim was established in 1938 in a tiny town near Milano – Italy and is a family-run company ever since. In more than 75 years of experience in making high-end denim fabrics, for only the best of the best denim brands, they were the first creators of premium fabrics in Europe. The Candiani company believes in the importance of Made in Italy, Sustainability and Innovation, values that are deeply woven into each of their fabric. Get an insight in the Candiani company in their short movie ‘Blue is Blue’. Enjoy!
Last weekend I organised ‘Denim City Hang-Out Part 2′ for Rambam Store as part of Fashion Weekend in my hometown Eindhoven – NL. Fashion Weekend is an yearly returning event to promote and celebrate the new collections in the stores. It’s a kick-off of the new Fall Winter season. With the event we created a small blue denim festival with a mini market with Dyemond Goods, Deadstock Resurrection, The Denim Run, Wielerhuis ‘t Verzet, Royal Sneakers and Amsterdenim. They showed some highlights of their collection and their craftsmanship. Of course their was also some good food, cold drinks, fresh made coffee and music. Below some shots to give you an impression of the event. Although the weather wasn’t good, there was a good vibe. A blue vibe. Big thanks to everyone who made this edition possible. Till the next one.
The great Rin Tanaka, publisher of the great vintage books My Freedamn, is organising a new edition of his Inspiration Event: ‘Let Freedamn Ring. It will be his 7th volume of this unique event loaded with the best vintage clothing: jeans, boots, shirts, jacket and many more. The event will start the 16th of October in the Brooklyn Expo Center in Brooklyn, New York. Check out his site for more details. Have fun Rin!
Spotted this nice vintage Levi’s BigE Jeans 507XX (Type 2) biker jacket on Ebay. It has some great patches on it. A true hardcore biker jacket from the ’50′s. Take your chance to add it to your collection. Not cheap, it’s for sale for $1.500,-
Sometimes you see work of an artist which is so cool and after digging into more work of that person it only gets better. One of those few is Cory Piehowicz from Ohio, Colombus (USA). Cory has an extremely passion for photography and gives every pic something special. Next to his love for photography he’s also into denim, big time! He combines those two passions which creates the most beautiful pics you have ever seen. Together with his denim friends he’s doing trips which are a dream for every denimhead. Every now and then they go into old mines to check out if they can find some old denims and denim rags from the miners. Most of the mines were closed after the ‘Gold Rush’ period which started around 1850. Some miners left their old workwear denim items back in the days and these are the ones which Cory and his friends like denim specialist Michael Allen Harris (writer of the book ‘Jeans of the old West’) are looking for. On those trips Cory makes the most perfect shots which bring us all back in the time that the mines were fully operated and it makes us all jealous to make a trip of this by ourselves one day. Below some shots of one of the many trips Cory made in the desert looking for some blue gold. Check also his website for a total overview of his extremely cool work. Keep up the good Cory! Looking forward to see more of your great work in the future!
The Japanese denim brand FDMTL teamed-up for their 10th anniversary with sneaker brand Vans. For this collab they made a special from the classic Era and Slip-On models from Vans. The uppers have a link to the authentic Japanese workwear with Sashiko and Boro clothing patterns. The indigo on both sneakers will age very nice just as a pair of jeans. Congrats FDMTL with this nice collab and of course with your anniversary.
Hartford Denim Company (HARDENCO) is a high-end workwear manufacturer founded by Luke Davis, Marshall Deming, and Dave Marcoux. They founded the brand in 2010 and all their products are made by hand on antique sewing machines in Hartford, Connecticut. Connecticut is a city with a prominent place in America’s rich manufacturing history. Their thread, hardware and most of their denim is made in America, but they also use Japanese denim fabrics. Meet the guys in the video: ”We are jeans makers”.
The Italian clothing company Scarti-Lab has a true unique signature. With every collection they will take you back in the workwear time, the origin of the Italian workers. They mix the authentic high standard Italian craftsmanship with old school silhouettes. These are the perfect ingredients from the successful Scarti-Lab brand. Every season they drop a total new line from chino’s, jeans, shirts, vests and jackets. For Fall Winter 2015 they made a really nice master piece in their collection. It’s a vintage inspired workwear denim shirt. The shirt has an awesome finish which you see at original vintage pieces. Normally these kind of finishes are ‘natural finishes’ which can only be created by time of wear. Big bravo for this great highlight in your new collection guys!
The Red Wing Shoes 8052 Oxford Brick is a round toe oxford, classically crafted with Brick Settler leather, a Nitrile Cork outsole, Goodyear welt construction and triple stitched quality to function as a durable and smart-looking shoe. These classic shoes were made originally for factory floor managers, also known as foreman. While factory workers needed sturdy boots, the foreman needed a shoe to move back and forth between his office and the work floor. With these Red Wing oxfords you could stand up to the concrete floor and not be too heavy for an entire day spent behind a desk. Nowadays you can wear these perfect on the street with you favo pair of jeans. The classic silhouette and the brown coloured leather are perfect. These will age very nice over time. I scored my RW pair at the awesome online store Warenmagazijn. Warenmagazijn is a specialist as it comes to authentic and durable stuff for your kitchen, garden and your daily life. Check out the store and of course the shoes here below.
Made By Scrub is a Hong Kong vintage worker inspired brand founded at 2012. They create recontsructed classics and vintage workerwear in a modern way. Every detail at Made by Scrub is based on a research of the historical garments functionality. Their team is travelling to different cities, sourcing antique and limited fabric for each collection. Fabric with rare textile construction is also the core signature of their clothes. Below one of my personal favo’s, the cotton indigo stripe shirt.
The last few years a lot of new denim books entered the market. Some a nice, some are bad and a few are really great! And yes, there’s a new one to check out. The Daily Street made a serie of three books: Sneakers – Tshirts – Denim. Especially the last one got my attention. I haven’t seen it real live, but it’s out for sale right now. The book has a hardcover and contains 128 full colour pics. What’s the book about? Here’s a small description form their own site; Denim. Once a functional piece of workwear, denim has long since taken it’s place as a global style icon – but a small handful stand tall above the rest. This comprehensive collection looks at the most iconic denim ever created, from the original Levi’s 501s, through the birth of Japanese denim and up to the modern brands that have made denim the streetwear staple it is today – Evisu, Nudie, Momotaro, the list goes on…With photography and detailed analysis throughout, Icons of Style: Denim traces the history of denim through its most iconic pieces, from rugged workwear to hand-crafted selvedge and beyond. Looking forward to see it. Below some sneak pages.
The Sakol Project is a project to promote a natural indigo dyed fabric from SSAP founder & designer home country, Thailand. Sakol is short from Sakolnakorn, a province in Northeast of Thailand. This northern province in Thailand is best known for it’s indigo blue fabrics. Villagers still use centuries-old weaving and dyeing techniques that continue a long tradition of quality. In the video here below you can see how they do the whole process by hand: spinning, indigo dyeing and weaving. Indigo craftsmanship!
Dyemond Goods is founded by Mike van der Zanden from Holland. Mike started a couple of years ago with his passion and handmade products. Every product is made by the man itself in his small atelier. The name of his brand is pretty simple and can be described the best by himself: ”Like diamonds, leather and denim are both raw in their natural state and they need quite some work before they reach a stage of perfection. Polishing, tanning, and dyeing will turn it into a divine form, captivating the eyes and souls of many”. He started Dyemond Goods with heavy unwashed denim fabrics and natural vegetable tanned leather, which looks amazing!, but lately he added some new variations in black – black. This new line is really cool, and beautiful as diamonds supposed to be. The details from his new range are;
18oz USA water repellent canvas
3.5mm Black bridle leather
Japanese 6oz Kuroki Mills selvedge chambray lining
Handset solid red copper rivets
Check out the craftsmanship from Mike van der Zanden here below!
Yesterday I received this great book ”Found” from Cone Denim Mills from the U.S. Cone Denim is celebrating this year their 110th anniversary with their White Oak Plant. Cone Denim is world famous of their partnership with Levi’s, this year they work 100 years together! This partnership is also know as ‘The Golden Handshake’.
But back to the amazing ”Found” book. My copy is the second print from 2008. The book is made after a nice story which started when a guy named James Harlon founded a pile of denim in an old house. He kept the denim four years when he decided to contacted Cone Denim. This pile was a true denim treasure, existing 40 very rare and unique worn-out styles from the ’40′ and ’50′s. The items were used back in the days as workwear and repaired many times by the previous owner(s). The brands from the pile were Stonewall, JC Penny, Big Mac, Anvil, Lee, Blue Bell, Big Winston, etc. Most of the brands don’t exist anymore. Cone Denim was so happy to add this to their private archive that they decided to make a special booklet about it and ”Found” was born. The items are really cool, I like the patched ones a lot! But maybe my personal favo’s are the denim shirts with the sun-bleached outlines on the front and the back from the bib overalls. The sun gave these items a natural vintage look, very impressive and cool. Can you imagine how long these shirts were used under the bibs while working. The last three pics are the back of these shirts.
The ”Found” book is a really great one! I am very happy to add this one to my personal denim book archive after so many years. Many thanks Cone Denim and happy anniversay! Keep up the good work!